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The Quiet Americans

Four CIA Spies at the Dawn of the Cold War--A Tragedy in Three Acts

by Scott Anderson

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The Quiet Americans by Scott Anderson
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    Sep 2020, 576 pages
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    May 2021, 608 pages

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A page-turning journey through Cold War espionage through the eyes of four American secret service operatives reveals the depth of American involvement in — and manipulation of — foreign governments.

In the twilight days of a hot World War II, the emergence of a strange new "cold" war with the Soviet Union, a former ally, pushed American intelligence into a committed battle against the spread of communism. The years between 1944-1956 saw the founding of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) — the first federal agency in American history tasked with gathering intelligence and conducting covert operations around the world — followed by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Despite its frosty connotations, the Cold War was very hot for those frontline soldier-spies who dedicated their hearts, minds and bodies to a cause that, over time, would creep into blurry realms of moral compromise and disillusionment.

The Quite Americans: Four CIA Spies at the Dawn of the Cold War—a Tragedy in Three Acts by Scott Anderson tells the story of America's shift from a nimble and...

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